September 11, 2018

Community Developments: California Governor Signs Landmark Clean Energy Bill into Law

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Community Developments: California Governor Signs Landmark Clean Energy Bill into Law

  • California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 100 into law, a landmark energy bill that would target 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2045. The bill sets out interim benchmarks to guide the transition, such as 50 percent renewables by 2026, 60 percent by 2030. These targets are amendments to the state’s current renewability targets, but the latest versions are more ambitious and represent new ground in state-level legislation on renewable energy. The language of the bill specifies that these targets be met by “zero-carbon” fuels, meaning that California will eventually transition away from coal, oil and natural gas as sources of electricity. (Los Angeles Times, September 10)
  • The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), a coalition of over sixty housing and community development organizations, has sent a letter to appropriators in Congress urging them to fully fund affordable housing and community developments for fiscal year 2019. CHCDF is urging Congress to pass the highest possible funding levels for HUD programs and to support a housing voucher mobility demonstration as part of the spending package. (NLIHC, September 10)
  • Make Room and its partners have launched a national campaign to put renters’ needs a national political priority with the RepRenters Campaign. Through the midterm, RepRenters will involve concerned constituents and stakeholders in the political process, with a goal of 100,000 messages to elected officials this month. This campaign will continue through the midterms to ensure that renter rights are adequately represented in the new Congress. To get involved, visit their website and watch the launch video on YouTube. They are sponsoring events in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Miami in the coming weeks.
  • Yesterday House Republicans unveiled their plans for a second round of tax cuts following the provisions in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Lawmakers released a trio of bills that would make temporary tax breaks permanent and create new ones, including an extension of the individual tax cuts due to expire in 2025, an expanded child tax credit and the creation of a “universal savings account.” The proposal would also make the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions permanent, a controversial provision within the chamber. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the panel would take up the plan on Thursday, but even if the proposal clears the House, it is not likely to pass the Senate. (PoliticoPro, September 11)
  • A blog post from Urban Institute synthesizes a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on household food insecurity. The report shows that food insecurity continues to decline following historic highs during the Great Recession and its aftermath, from 12.5 percent in 2016 to 11.8 percent in 2017. However, the post outlines four trends about food insecurity that are still concerning, including: food insecurity hasn’t shrunk to pre-recession levels; food insecurity isn’t distributed equally across the country; households headed by black and Hispanic people have higher rates of food insecurity than white households; and proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could hinder the program from helping families achieve food security. (Urban Institute, September 10)

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